ME3: Male same-sex romances in, new love interests out

..but expect space drama nonetheless.

Mass Effect series executive producer Casey Hudson has revealed that the final chapter in the sci-fi saga won’t add to the selection of available love interests. New character squadmates will still be included but when it comes to fresh faces in the romance department, players must live with the choices made in the first two games.

“In [Mass Effect 3], we don’t really have new characters that are part of the romance stuff in the way that we did in Mass Effect 2, where we introduced a lot of characters. So this is more about how you, if you’re a new player, how you start these romances with the existing characters,” Hudson’s explained to PC Gamer. “If you’ve had relationships with previous characters, then it’s your opportunity to resolve those.”

“But we also have some interesting things happening, where you’ve got Ashley and Kaiden from the first game, you’ve got Liara, and there’s sort of a love triangle there. And then we gave people a bunch of new characters. People said ‘Well, I just want my Mass Effect 1 characters, and I’m not interested in any of these characters.’ But then a lot of people had romances with those characters”.

Part of the fun in Mass Effect 3, Hudson adds, is throwing the love interests from both previous games into one pot and building “interesting scenarios” around that. Could get awkward.

In addition, while only female Sheps were able to swing both ways in previous games, same sex relationships are now an option for both male and female characters. According to Hudson, via Twitter this time, Mass Effect 3 “supports wider options for love interests including same-sex for male & female characters, reactive to how you interact with them in-game.”

Love for everyone then once Mass Effect 3 ships in Q1 2012.